Box Office Wrap Up: Venom Devours Box Office.
Venom becomes the biggest October premier ever, leading the box office to record earnings.
Critics may not have much love for Sony’s Spider-Man-less Venom, but fans powered the anti-hero flick to a gigantic opening. Both newcomers, Venom and A Star is Born, delivered excellent first efforts and helped to propel the total box office to a historic high for the month of October.
This Week in Box Office History.
The box office merged with Venom to take in a total of 176 million dollars domestically. This total is the largest October weekend of all time, and Venom is the largest October debut of all time. The box office soared 66% over last weekend and 67% over last year. The fantastic opening bodes well for the month as whole, which is not too difficult as October has traditionally been weak for ticket sales. Adding September’s big take to the pile also sets up Fall 2018 as a potential world beater as well.
Top Film Last Year: Blade Runner 2049.
Top Film Last Decade: Beverly Hills Chihuahua.
Top Three Films.
Venom sunk his teeth into the box office for 80 million dollars domestically and 125 million abroad. That total compares respectably with Sony’s Spider-Man films, placing right between Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, and 37 million dollars behind Spider-Man Homecoming. It’s well shy of Venom’s last big screen appearance: Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 premiered with a franchise high 151 million dollars back in 2007. Critically panned, it managed a solid rating with viewers. The real test will be how it holds up in its sophomore week.
A Star is Born sung its way to second place with an equally impressive debut of 42 million dollars. This remake was a darling with both audiences and critics, which positions it well for a strong run at the theaters. There’s already Oscar buzz surrounding this film, which could give it tremendous longevity.
Third place went to Smallfoot, which didn’t have an abominable second week. It dropped just 37% since its premier, a solid hold against two big newcomers. It has raked in 75 million dollars worldwide, so this bigfoot movie still has a ways to go to cover the 80 million dollar budget.
The Hate U Give landed outside of the top ten, but had a very solid limited release. The film showed in just 36 theaters and delivered 500 thousand dollars. That works out to a healthy 14 thousand dollars per screen, right in between the per screen average of the number one and two movies this week. It’s cleaning up with a 97% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so expect a nationwide expansion in its future.